Muffins are enjoyed by people all over the world as a snack or dessert. However, I generally don’t recommend eating them because they use grains as the core ingredient, which can lead to various health complications when consumed regularly and in large amounts.
With this in mind, how can you enjoy muffins in a healthier manner? One easy trick is to change how muffins are perceived: Turn them into a scrumptious and succulent appetizer. Now, you have something healthier in your hands, and this recipe from Ruled.Me does exactly that. I heartily recommend that you give this a try because the combination of the ingredients creates a wonderful, scrumptious taste anyone will love.
Low Carb Bacon and Cheese Muffins
Cook Time: 25 minutes
- 3 cups cauliflower rice
- 1 cup organic shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/4 cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 7 slices rindless bacon, cooked and chopped
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon parsley
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 large pasture-raised eggs
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Pour the cauliflower rice into a large bowl and add all the dry ingredients, the bacon and the cheese.
- Add the two eggs and mix thoroughly until you can press down on your mixture with a spoon and it holds its form.
- Line a muffin tin with muffin cups.
- Spoon the mixture into each muffin cup.
- Top with feta cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 35 minutes.
Cauliflower Is a Healthy Foundation for the Muffins
Cauliflower rice is made by grinding cauliflower florets in a food processor until they resemble regular rice. Interestingly, the finished result produces a soft, chewy texture as well.1 By shredding the vegetable, it can be used as a healthier substitute to rice-centric foods or, in the case of this recipe, as the foundation for low-carb muffins.
Cauliflower also happens to be one of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat. Belonging to the cruciferous family of vegetables, which includes broccoli, this plant contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that may help:
- Fight cancer: Cauliflower contains sulforaphane, a compound unique to cruciferous vegetables that is known to help reduce the risk of cancer.
- Boost heart health: Sulforaphane has been found to help improve blood pressure and kidney function.
- Manage inflammation: Cauliflower contains anti-inflammatory compounds that may help better manage inflammatory diseases.
- Boost brain health: Cauliflower is rich in choline, a B vitamin known for its role in brain development.
- Promote healthy digestion: Your digestive system can eliminate bowels regularly thanks to the fiber content of cauliflower.
Bacon Can Be Healthy for You if It Comes From Pasture-Raised Pork
Bacon is one of America’s most favorite meats, as it has a taste that has no other comparison. It’s added to countless dishes, but can also be enjoyed on its own. However, the downside is that it’s a processed product made by large corporations, and may contain additives and potential carcinogens that are dangerous to your health.
The secret is to make sure your meat comes from healthy pigs. In truth, bacon from healthy, sustainable sources can be part of a healthy diet because it is rich in healthy fats, in particular oleic acid. About 3 percent of that is palmitoleic acid, a monounsaturated fat with antimicrobial properties. In addition, pork fat contains a novel form of phosphatidylcholine that has antioxidant properties superior to vitamin E.
To maximize the benefits while simultaneously avoiding the carcinogens associated with bacon, I strongly recommend that you purchase pasture-raised meat from reputable ranchers. Also, make sure that the bacon is cured using time-tested traditional methods.
Herbs and Spices Add Flavor to the Muffins
Adding herbs and spices to your foods is what makes cooking an amazing activity because what you put in your dish can completely change the flavor. This recipe uses three classic herbs and spices that when mixed together, create an aromatic and delicious result:
Parsley is rich in vitamin K, a nutrient essential for promoting healthy bone strength by directing calcium to the areas where it's most essential. Furthermore, the vitamin may help promote brain health as it is known to help limit neuronal damage. Parsley also contains important minerals such as iron (which is crucial for the production of heme in your blood) copper for normal metabolic processes and manganese for antioxidant protection.
Oregano is one of the most widely used herbs around the world. Added to countless dishes, it is known for enhancing the flavor of whatever you’re cooking. It makes a great match for soups, salads, sauces, eggs and meats.
Furthermore, oregano happens to have one of the highest antioxidant activity ratings. It contains flavonoids such as lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin to fight free radicals throughout your body. Nutrients such as folate, iron, magnesium and calcium are also found in oregano, adding more value to this already delicious herb.
Paprika is essentially a spice made from grinding various chili peppers together. Thus, the resulting flavor and color depends entirely on what you want to have on your muffins, which can range from mild to spicy.2 Before using paprika, make sure to read the product information carefully to gauge the spiciness of your muffins.
That being said, paprika may greatly benefit your health because it is rich in capsaicin, a unique compound found only in chili peppers. Research has shown that capsaicin may help with pain relief, weight management and digestive health, and may even lower the risk of certain cancers.
Take Your Muffins to a Whole New Level With This Recipe
Muffins are generally unhealthy, but they don’t have to be that way. With this recipe, you’ll be sure to enjoy these time-honored snacks in a more enjoyable manner. But before you begin making them, always make sure that you obtain high-quality ingredients from organic providers, especially with the cauliflower, bacon and cheese.
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